Wholesale Purchasing is Available to All

Understanding What Four Cubic Yards Looks Like

Starting October 2017, compost is available for purchase in bag quantities (2 cu. ft.) at the Northwest Drop-Off in Grimes. Pick up a bag Monday-Friday 8:30 a.m.-3:00 p.m. and the second Saturday of the month from 8:00 a.m.-Noon for only $4!

Minimum Purchase = One Cubic Yard = $10

Everyone is welcome to purchase compost at wholesale prices. Bulk quantities of Turf Gold Compost are available for purchase at the Metro Compost Center at $10/cubic yard, but customers must purchase a minimum of one (1) cubic yard per visit. If this quantity is too large for your needs, see Retail Purchasing.

Our minimum purchase amount was recently lowered from four (4) cubic yards to one (1) cubic yard for the convenience of our residential users.

How Much Does One Cubic Yard Weigh?

1 cubic yard = 1,200 lbs. (0.6 tons). This amount fits easily into the bed of most pickup trucks. 

Bulk Sales Accepted Payment

Cash, check or credit card is accepted. Set up a charge account for regular purchases and complete a sales tax exempt form, if applicable.

No Self-Loading

Self-loading is not permitted. Our employees can only load open-topped trucks and trailers.

Location & Hours 

Metro Compost Center
1601 Harriet St.
Des Moines, Iowa 50317
Monday to Friday8 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.


For companies purchasing compost for resale, we assist in promoting sales on your behalf. Some of the ways we promote the use of Turf Gold Compost include:

  • Brochure listing your businesses and detailing how you sell the product.
  • Promotion at the Home & Garden Expo held every February in Des Moines.
  • Website listing linking to your website.
  • Community newsletters and emails assist in promoting the entire Compost It! program and supporting Turf Gold Compost.

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